Visit Masuleh and walk on two main castles of Iran: Alamut and Rudkhan

Private Tour
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Services

Easy

Accommodation

  • 1 Night Hotel
  • 1 Night Local House

Meals

  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners

Transport

  • Private vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • Photography from Andej canyon ”Red-rock”
  • Visiting the fabled ruins of  the Alamut historic castle “Eagle Nest”
  • Local Homestay & socialize with locals
  • Visiting historical Masuleh village
  • Gilan Rural Heritage Museum (Legacy of Old Houses)
  • Visiting Roodkhan Castle

Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
  • laundry
  • mini bar used in the room
  • Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
  • Tips (optional)
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Bottled water
  • phone calls
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Trip Notes

This trip is designed for those who have a taste of adventure along with history and culture. Historic wise it is a very special journey through the depth and breadth of Alborz range and through a fascinating slice of Persian history. The history of Alamut Castle and this particular sect of Ismaelies go back to about 1000 years. They lasted till the Mongol invasion of Persia about 300 years later during the 14th century A.D. Their history is long and quite complex, during the trip we will have a chance to give more information and provide the chance to closely examine some of the physical remains of their structures. This trip would be a memorable trip because of its physical beauty and the variety of landscapes encountered.

Cultural wise, in the second part of the trip we will visit Masuleh which is a historical village attracting many tourists because of its architecture and people.  Masuleh is surrounded by forest from valley to mountain and fog is the predominate weather feature of Masuleh. In this trip you will also have the chance to visit Roodkhan castle which is a medieval brick and stone castle built on two tips of a mountain.

Itinerary

  • Departure from hotel after breakfast and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. Start trekking from the canyon to Alamut Castle.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Transport
    Private vehicle
  • 8.00 A.M wake up and drive to Masuleh village after breakfast. We will have a short stop in Qazvin town to see some sites there and walking around the town. This is an excellent area to rest and take some photos. After lunch, we will continue the road towards Masuleh. En route you will also visit main attractions of Rasht which is Gilan Rural Heritage Museum (Legacy of Old Houses). We will arrive to Masuleh In the late afternoon, walking through the village for a short sightseeing around the village and buy some handicrafts and souvenirs. Then we will drive to a local house. Overnight stay at a local house in Fouman.

    Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • After breakfast, we will have some sightseeing and photography in the morning around the village and then we will drive to Rudkhan Castle. We are going to have 3 hours trekking to get to the castle. This castle is a brick and stone medieval castle dating back to 1500 years. Once we reach to the castle and spend some time there, we will drive back to Tehran. We will be in Tehran in the evening

    Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch

Alamut is a region situated on the western edge of the Alborz Mountains (northeast of Qazvin province) between the dry and barren plains of Qazvin in the south and densely forested slopes of Mazandaran in the north.
Historically, the mountains of this area were ideal for construction of castles because of its natural heights that could be used as a section of the defensive structure of the castles. The nature of this area is covered by hills, curvatures, forms, scars and wrinkles. Two big citadels of the Ismailis (a branch of Shia Muslims whose adherents are also known as Seveners), Lambsar and Alamut castles are in this area. Hassan-e Sabbah (1050-1124) and his Hashshashin controlled the area for many years.  
Hassan-e Sabbāh was an Ismaili missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains, later he seized a mountain fortress called Alamut and used it as the headquarters for a decentralized Persian insurrection against the dominant Seljuk Turks. He formed a group of fadaiyan (those who sacrifice themselves) whose members are often referred to as the Hashshashin or "Assassins" in the western literature.